From Bangalore’s parks to the Indian team: Vijay Bharadwaj unplugged

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A big moment for us at 81allout as we have an international cricketer on our podcast for the first time.

Vijay Bharadwaj played 3 Tests and 10 ODIs for India in the turn of the millennium. His high-point was during the LG Cup in Nairobi in 1999-2000, where he was named the Man of the Series for his all-round performances. He was a giant for Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy and played a vital role in their three Ranji Trophy triumphs in the 1990s.

In this episode, Vijay chats about his formative experiences of playing cricket on the street and in the parks, and remembers a number of characters who lit up the Bangalore cricket scene in the 1980s and 1990s.

Talking points:

The competitive nature of street cricket in the Bangalore of the 1980s

Graduating to the park

The deadly variations that spinners employed

A bowler who was a combination of Shoaib Akhtar and Muralitharan

The intensity of each net session

Pitch-catch out, beaten out, full-toss out

Copying Mohinder Amarnath

Dodda Ganesh, David Johnson and other street-fighters

The pressure of playing for Karnataka

Spinning to Ranji glory


Vijay Bharadwaj

Karthik Shashidhar (@karthiks)

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)



A Vijay Bharadwaj interview from 1999 –

A feature-interview with Vijay Bharadwaj – Outlook India

Arch-rivalry between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy – via Star Sports Kannada

The TN-Karnataka rivalry through the ages –

Vijay Bharadwaj’s spell of 6-24 in the Ranji final in 1999 – YouTube

Vijay Bharadwaj 3-34 in the LG Cup final v Zimbabwe – YouTube

Street Cricket Chronicles from Delhi – 81allout archive


4 thoughts on “From Bangalore’s parks to the Indian team: Vijay Bharadwaj unplugged”

  1. First things first, it didn’t feel as if an international cricketer and a Ranji stalwart is the guest here. It felt as if a street cricket veteran from our neighborhood is telling some kids few stories. It was that good. 🙂

    That numbering thing was something that we used to do in street cricket as well (up in north). But I didn’t know it was called Bombay numbering (and why so, I still wonder :D). And we had “3 body out” instead of “3 beaten out” in which if the ball hit your body 3 times, you are out.

    One thing that nobody has said for street cricket that we used to have is having slips cordon when we had wall as our wicket. If the ball hit the wall on the full after taking an edge (of course), it was out. 😀

    1. Thanks Vivek. It was great fun for us to host Vijay. He too thoroughly enjoyed the discussion.

      3 body out is very interesting. Never heard of it till now.

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